It’s been more than a decade since Lexus completely overhauled its full-size SUV, the Lexus GX460, which is still outselling competitors, aided by a selling price thousands of dollars less than similarly equipped competitors.
It enjoys a reputation for excellent reliability, decent off-road prowess when so equipped and a posh cabin where drivers and passengers alike can bask in automotive luxury.
It still retains a “retro” feel with a CD/DVD player, emergency foot brake, stick gear shifter (for automatic transmission), four door grab handles, plus buttons and knobs reducing reliance on a twitchy spine column touchpad – items missing or altered in some competitors’ offerings. The new 10.3-inch touchscreen is information rich and also manipulatable by voice.
Since its second generation launch in 2010, voice recognition has improved, maps show speed limits, repairs remain low due to fewer complicated new parts and buyers are less likely to encounter cutting-edge technology for functions or information often difficult to master, which according to some surveys, are not high on older buyers’ wish lists.
One of the most controversial changes was adding the GX460 spindle grille in 2013, which many buyers/owners disliked but now adorns every Lexus vehicle.
More appreciated was making Lexus Safety System+ standard in 2020, although it lacks lane centering, just lane-change alert but includes surround camera views for parking.
A new Black Line Special Edition offers Starfire Pearl, Black Onyx or Nori Green Pearl exterior color options.
Our 2022 Lexus GX460 – top trim above base and premium – added seven options totaling $5,950 that included audio upgrade, off-road packaging with multi-terrain select and crawl control, 19-inch alloy wheels, refreshed rear facia and lower grille surround, second row tilt/slide captain’s chairs and exterior chrome touches.
The overall sturdy profile remains easily recognizable.
Our ride was composed over smooth surfaces and off-road prowess came via a variable suspension system with downhill and hill assist controls in 4-low gear. Towing, when equipped, handles 6,500 pounds.
The V-8 engine offers decent Interstate power spurts in Sport drive mode but is slow from a start. (There are also Eco and Normal drive modes; miles per gallon remains poor.)
Our spacious cabin had red Semi-Aniline leather seats, upscale trim materials and excellent fit and finish. Phone apps are linked, second and third row seats fold automatically for decent cargo space and cabin storage space is adequate. Warranties include one-year complimentary maintenance.
At a Glance
LIKES: Looks, luxury, safety, quiet, reliability, off-road chops, warranty
DISLIKES: Poor mileage, stiff ride, slow start-up speed, options needed
BOTTOM LINE:Off-road capability, luxurious interior, strong reliability, less expensive repairs
Fact File: 2022 Lexus GX460 Luxury
14.6-liter, V-8, variable valve timing, DOHC
301 hp at 5,500 rpm
329 ft.-lbs. at 3,500 rpm
6-speed automatic w/OD, manual up/down option
15 city mpg/19 hwy
23 gallons, premium required
0-60 in just under 8 seconds
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Tom Crosby has written more than 1,000 automotive reviews and is a retired Vice President of Communications for AAA Carolinas. He has seen dramatic changes in the automotive industry over the past 25 years and ponders the advent of self-driving vehicles, electric-only vehicles, sophisticated in-car telematics, and the financial challenges facing automotive manufacturers in an increasingly congested worldwide market.